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Petition filed against Twitter in Delhi High Court for ‘non-compliance’ with IT Rules 2021

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"I have filed this petition because Twitter has ignored the country's laws and has prevented me from exercising my rights. In the IT Rules 2021, which came into force on May 25, it has been laid down that significant social media intermediaries should appoint a grievance redressal officer based in India, and who should respond to my grievances within 24 hours and resolve the issue within 15 days," Amit Acharya, the advocate who filed public interest litigation at Delhi High Court against the micro-blogging platform told MediaNama earlier today. Acharya's petition alleges that Twitter has not complied with the new IT Rules 2021 as he claims that he was unable to find details of a resident grievance officer on the microblogging platform's website. The advocate who practices in the Delhi HC and Supreme Court, urged the HC to direct Twitter to appoint a resident grievance officer — as he claims is mandated under the IT Rules 2021 — and to implement other sections of the new rules. Acharya has named Union of India (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), Twitter Inc and Twitter Communication India Private Limited (TCIPL) as respondents in the petition. "They were given 3 months to implement the rules but Twitter ignored them. In place of a grievance redressal officer based in India, Twitter currently has an office based in the United States of America. I tried raising my grievances, but I was not successful. My request to Delhi High Court that strict directions should be given…

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